Featured Hikes: Saskatchewan
The prairie province of Saskatchewan has a history of celebrating its diversity – not only by honouring the contributions of its many distinct communities, but also through its spectacular landscapes and history. The Trans Canada Trail in this province takes in expansive prairies, stunning waterways and exciting cities, as well as heritage sites and provincial parks.
Discover Featured Hikes in Saskatchewan.
City of Regina
Winding through Regina’s historic Wascana Centre, a 1000-hectare park in downtown Regina, the City of Regina Trail is part of a much-loved green space at the geographic and cultural centre of the city.
Wascana Lake, an artificial lake completed in the 1880s as an alternate source of water for the growing city, often serves as a hub for public events and celebrations. Walk, cycle or cross-country ski along the trail. Younger users (or science buffs) may be interested in a stop at the Saskatchewan Science Centre along the way.
Other highlights include the Provincial Legislature building, the University of Regina, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, the Conexus Performing Arts Centre, and a waterfowl and grassland reserve. Regina is also home to several charming restaurants and cafés, ideal for a snack along your route.
Danielson Provincial Park
On this 33.8-kilometre Trail section, walk, hike or bike along incredible shoreline trails at Sandy Shores Resort and take in the views of Lake Diefenbaker in the eastern part of Danielson Provincial Park. Lake Diefenbaker was created in 1967 when the Gardiner Dam – one of the largest earth-filled dams in the world – was constructed. The dam site features interpretive displays and even a vintage film about the construction. Gardiner Dam is also the jumping-off point for the Chief Whitecap Waterway for those looking to get some paddling in.
Journey along the Trail, taking in panoramic views of Lake Diefenbaker, coulees, prairie vistas, wetlands and wooded areas. Keep an eye out for grouse, western meadowlarks and other prairie birds along the way, as well as deer and maybe even coyotes. Take a dip in the lake or stop for a picnic at one of the park’s many beaches.
District of Katepwa
The District of Katepwa trail winds through coulees up to the top of the valley, offering up exceptional panoramic views of Katepwa Point. A longtime popular recreation spot in the Qu’Appelle Valley, Katepwa Point Provincial Park is a gem, with sandy beaches, picnic areas and dining options.
Enjoy wildflowers and shrubs along the trail, plus beautiful lake views. The area is also popular with fishing and boating enthusiasts, and is ideal for cross-country skiing in the winter.
Good Spirit Lake Trail
Options abound for trail enthusiasts at Good Spirit Lake Provincial Park. Discover outdoor adventure of all sorts, from excellent hiking and biking to cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Explore the park’s twisting trails through wooded and open areas. With few inclines, hikers and cyclists can take in the quiet beauty of the area while sightseeing, bird watching or exercising. Keep an eye out for foxes, coyotes, deer and rabbits near the dunes, and for moose and elk elsewhere in the park. Birdwatchers may spot grosbeaks, waxwings, sharp-tailed grouse and water birds. Spectacular viewpoints await.
Nature enthusiasts and families will love this beautiful rural trail in the Qu’Appelle Valley. The trail stretches from Lumsden River Park to Deer Valley and is just far enough from the city to be removed from the faster pace and bustle – allowing you to slow your stride and take in everything the valley has to offer.
In the summer and fall, walk, bike and hike through incredible vistas and take in the river views. In the winter, snowshoeing is a popular choice. The section of the trail through the town of Lumsden offers a kid-friendly walk along the river with parks and playgrounds, and even options for water activities like canoeing and kayaking on the Qu’Appelle River and Wascana Creek.
Stretching nearly sixty kilometres, from Pike Lake in the southwest to Clarke’s Crossing in the northeast, the Meewasin Valley follows the winding curve of the South Saskatchewan River as it passes through the rural municipality of Corman Park and the city of Saskatoon.
With over 90 kilometres of trail, the Meewasin Trail has plenty of adventure on offer! Walk, bike or jog through winding trails under Saskatoon’s iconic bridges and through beautiful parks featuring public art. “Meewasin” means “beautiful” in Cree, and residents and visitors alike will agree it’s a fitting name for the South Saskatchewan River Valley’s natural splendour.
Regina to Wascana Trails Recreation Site Connector
From the manicured lawns and walking paths of the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens in front of the provincial Legislative Building, to the semi-natural grassland and marshland of the Habitat Conservation Area, Wascana Centre offers visitors many diverse experiences.
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